Meinel Building

The Meinel Optical Sciences Building on the University of Arizona campus holds more than 125 lab spaces in its 180,000+ square feet. It was built in three parts; the central wing, including its 100-foot vertical test tower, was finished in 1969; the east wing, which holds offices, research spaces and teaching laboratories, was dedicated in 1989; and the award-winning west wing, which sits at the corner of Cherry Avenue and University Boulevard, was completed in 2006.

Conference Rooms

The Meinel Building has 18 conference rooms, meeting places and classrooms available for reservation.

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Teaching Laboratories

Descriptions of the many teaching laboratories located within the Meinel Building, as well as the experiments they support. 

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West Wing

Completed in 2006, the award-winning addition to the Meinel Building expands the College of Optical Sciences by 47,000 square feet. The facility, informally called the West Wing, includes an entry-level plaza landscaped with low-water-use flora, state-of-the-art teaching and research laboratories, an exhibit-intensive lobby, six floors of faculty offices and a large conference center. Images of the finished building and the construction process are available.

Designed by the Phoenix firm of Richärd + Bauer Architecture and built by Lloyd Construction Company, the expansion has received local and national awards:

  • American Institute of Architects
    National Honor Award 2006

  • American Institute of Architects
    Western Mountain Region Honor Award 2006

  • American Institute of Architects
    Arizona Honor Award 2006

  • International Interior Design Association
    Design Excellence 2006

  • International Interior Design Association
    Best of Show 2006